The Covid 19 pandemic has revealed many vulnerabilities in our society and systems. Decision-makers need to manage uncertain and unpredictable human behaviour, overstretched health services, incompatible coordination structures, disrupted (health) supply chains, and other critical services. Such cascading impacts on critical infrastructure, the health system and society at large are typical for disasters. This was also demonstrated during the catastrophic flooding in New Orleans.
The Netherlands invests a lot in the prevention of flood disasters but has paid much less attention to flood disaster preparedness. In this frontrunner project, we would like to address the following issues through a multidisciplinary approach: